Baseball fan wins pass to Haymaker

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When his phone rang Monday morning, Steamboat Springs resident Chris LeVan had no idea it was going to change his day.

"It was a great phone call," LeVan said. "It was totally unexpected, and it made my Monday."

The caller informed LeVan that a $20 raffle ticket he purchased from high school student Brian Aragon for the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team's fund-raiser was a winner.

"I never dreamed that I would win," LeVan said. "I was just trying to support the team."

Now LeVan, who recently started his own business, Yampa Valley Computer Consultants, has an excuse to spend more time on the fairways of the Haymaker Golf Course.

The raffle's grand prize was a season pass to Haymaker, valued at $875. But the real winners are the members of the Steamboat Springs baseball team, which raised an estimated $2,700 after purchasing the pass from the city.

The funds will be used to support the baseball program, which is a Tier II sport not funded directly by the high school.

"We couldn't survive without these types of fund-raisers and without the support of the community," assistant coach Dave Roy said.

Roy said the money from this year's drawing will be used to pay bills from last year's campaign. There may even be some money left to help the team get off to a positive start next season.

Team members spent several weeks selling the tickets for the drawing, which was held Friday at the high school.

LeVan said he is an avid golfer, but has not gotten to the course as much as he would have liked the past few years.

He said he plans to buy a new set of clubs and get as much use out of the pass as he can this summer.

"I'm ready and waiting for the course to open up," LeVan said.

The Haymaker driving range and pro shop currently are open. The course is expected to open Saturday -- weather permitting.

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